Quiz show Everyone Wins is a windfall for producers
Veteran Hong Kong-based TV producer Robert Chua Wah-peng's new 'interactive' game show - to be viewed for the first time in Hong Kong tomorrow night - has just topped the game show ratings in Singapore.
The show, Everyone Wins, last week came out ahead of popular rivals including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Russian Roulette and The Weakest Link.
The new show beat Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? by a whole rating point - equivalent to about 42,000 viewers - to be the most popular programme of its kind in Singapore, said an exuberant Mr Chua yesterday.
The format seems familiar enough: six players in a studio answering questions on everything from history to music in the hopes of banking up points which then translate into cash prizes at the end of the show.
There are several twists, however, the most novel of which allows viewers at home the chance to win prizes.
When the game ends, the final digit of each contestant's score will be strung together to form a seven-digit 'lucky number'. Viewers who can match all or part of it with any personal number - a mobile phone number, identity card or even a gas bill, for example - will collect cash prizes and gifts.
Another aspect of the format means that players are oblivious to each others' scores throughout, but then are offered the chance to swap them.
'The viewers watching know the players' scores but the players themselves don't know. So it is very funny for viewers to watch as the contestants bluff and decide to swap their higher scores for lower ones,' Mr Chua said.
Six Hong Kong players will play live on the show when it screens on Sunday on TVB, which has spent $500,000 on the set and an undisclosed amount on the rights.
Apart from Singapore, the quiz show made its debut in Shanghai this year, and is topping the game show chart there too, he said.
'Distributors from the rest of Asia, Europe and the United States have also shown an interest in the show,' he said.